Australian Artists Are Creating Physical NFT Art Exhibitions

June 30, 2021, 1:45 PM AEST (updated July 01, 2021)

Australian multimedia artist Dave Court is the first in his field to stage a physical Non-Fungible Token (NFT) exhibition in his home state of South Australia, and one of the first in the southern hemisphere.

Court, who is based in the SA capital of Adelaide, decked out an otherwise ordinary brick house in colours and light as part of a unique art installation. The house has since been demolished, though collectors can still purchase a digital piece of it online.

Interior of the former Ironbank house, as painted by artist Dave Court

In what would become Court’s so-named ‘House Party’ exhibition, the house at Ironbank in the Adelaide Hills was enhanced with a kaleidoscope of colours in paint and light just before it was torn down in 2020.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and then the opportunity came up to paint a house last year … I combined that with other things I was working on in the studio and it [all] came to fruition in this exhibition.

Adelaide artist Dave Court
Artist Dave Court in his Adelaide studio. Image: Angela Skujins/CityMag

The digital works that have outlived the house feature augmented and virtual reality which effectively recreates the original building. Included among these works is NFT artworks that can be bought online with cryptocurrency.

NFT Artworks Break Out in Australia and Worldwide

Earlier in June, Hobart’s Museum of Art & Philosophy (MAP) launched Australia’s first NFT gallery in the Tasmanian capital with an exhibition to coincide with Hobart’s annual Dark Mofo festival.

In June, Binance announced its own NFT Marketplace, saying it would support the NFTs of various creators from Australia through its ‘100 Creators’ campaign.

NFTs are also making waves in the international art world. Just two weeks ago, Sotheby’s sold an NFT artwork for a world record price of US$11,754,000.

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